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have been done by thofe called great men.
They have often
difturbed, deceived and pillaged the world: and he, who is capable of the highest mischief, is capable of the meaneft. He, who plunders a country of a million of money, would, in fuitable circumftances, fteal a filver spoon; and a conqueror, who ftands and pillages a kingdom, would, in an humbler fituation, rifle a portmanteau I should not, therefore, choose to expofe my watch or purfe in a crowd, to thofe men who have plundered Poland. if, inflead of poffeffing a crown of jewels, and the pocket of fubmiffive nations, they had been in the circumstances of a Barrington Nor, though men should be called honorable, will it be fafe to truft our liberties to their honor, without fome collateral fecurity -Idem.
BUT know, young prince, that valor foars above
Their hidden ftrength, and throw out into practice
THE guilty ever are most hard to pardon;
And as their views all centre in felf-love,
Soon hate what once controuls that darling paffion.-E. Haywood.
AS by degrees from long, tho' gentle rains,
Great floods arife, and overflow the plains;
So men from little faults to great proceed,
Guilt grows on guilt, and crimes do crimes fucceed.-Wandesford.
FEAR of detection, what a curfe art thou! O, could the young and artless mind but know the agonies that dwell with guilt, it would prefer the humbleft lot with peace, to all that fplendid vice can e'er bestow.-Griffith.
GOOD-SENSE is a fedate and quiefcent quality, which manages its poffeffions well, but does not increase them; it collects few materials for its own operations, and preferves fafety, but never gains fupremacy.-Johnson.
TRUST not too much your now refistless charms,
Still makes new conquefts, and maintains the past.
GOOD-HUMOUR may be defined, a habit of being pleafed; a conftant and perennial foftnefs of manner, eafinefs of approach, and fuavity of difpofition; like that which every one perceives in himfelf, when the first tranfports of new felicity have fubfided, and his thoughts are only kept in motion by a flow fucceffion of foft impulfes.- Rambler.
SURELY nothing can be more unreasonable than to lofe the will to pleafe, when we are confcious of the power, or fhew more cruelty than to choose any kind of influence before that of kindness and good-humour. He that regards the welfare of others, thould make his virtue approachable, that it may be loved and copied; and he that confiders the wants which every man feels, or will feel, of external affiftance, must rather wish to be furrounded by thofe that love him, than by thofe that admire his excellencies or folicit his favours; for admiration ceafs with novelty, and intereft gains its end and retires. A man whofe great qualities want the ornament of fuperficial attractions, is like a naked mountain with mines
Good Humour.-Gaiety -Gypsies.
of gold, which will be frequented only till the treasure is exhausted -Idem.
NOTHING can more fhew the value of good-humour, than that it recommends thofe who are deftitute of all other excellencies, and procures regard to the trifling, friendship to the worthless, and affection to the dull.-Idem.
GAIETY is to good-humour as animal perfumes to vegetable fragrance. The one overpowers weak fpirits, the other recreates and revives them. Gaiety feldom fails to give fome pain; the hearers either ftrain their faculties to accompany its towerings, or are left behind in envy or despair. Goodhumour boasts no faculties, which every one does not believe in his own power, and pleases principally by not offending.Rambler.
WHOM call we gay? That honor has been long
But fave me from the gaiety of thofe
Whose head-aches nail them to a noon-day bed ;
And fave me too from theirs, whofe haggard eyes
For property ftripp'd off by cruel chance;
From gaiety that fills the bones with pain,
The mouth with blafphemy, the heart with woe.-Cowper.
I SEE a column of flow rifing fmoke
Which, kindled with dry leaves, jult faves unquench'd
The fpark of life. The sportive wind blows wide
In human mould, fhould brutalize by choice
Such fqualid floth to honorable toil.
Yet even thefe, though, feigning fickness, oft
Can change their whine into a mirthful note,
And music of the bladder and the bag
Beguile their woes, and make the woods refound.
And breathing wholefome air, and wand'ring much,
Of loathsome diet, penury, and cold.—Idem.
THE man who paufes on his honesty Wants little of the villain.—Martyn.
BE honesty our riches. Are we mean
And humbly born? the true heart makes us noble.
LET none prefume
To wear an undeferved dignity:
Were not, deriv'd corruptly; that clear honor
MINE honor is my life: both grow in one.
Ne'er to reveal the fecrets of a friend;
'Tis poor in truth, for a wrong done, to die :
And, decently array'd in honor, fall.-Earl of Halifax.